Tuesday, April 19, 2011

on parenting littles...

This little guy has been giving me a run for my money!!! He is into EVERYTHING and he is FAST!But did I mention he is soooooo loving? Everytime I feel like I'm at my wit's end, he runs to me and gives me a huge bear hug wrapping his little hands around my you think he has me figured out, or what?

Sweetly coloring or contemplating his next move??? Hmmm...whatcha think?Yesterday afternoon was one of those days. If you are the mom of littles, then you know what I'm talking about. After trying six different times and being told NO, he finally managed to grab Tiki Tiki2 (our fish...and don't talk to Grace about the "2"!) and pull him out of the tank.

Luckily, I was right there to throw Tiki Tiki a lifeline. Yup, that was after unrolling all the toilet paper rolls, taking all the dvds out of their cases (but he hangs on to The Godfather...Lance's favorite...Lance, he is sooo your son...he he he), dumping the goldfish crackers all over the floor, refusing to eat anything, and creating "art" with Grace's chapstick collection in the bathroom.

Dare I say, "terrible two's". Gulp, I think I'll wait.

A friend shared this quote with me a while back and I love it!

"The days are long but the years are short."

Isn't that so true when parenting littles? I find myself saying the quote in my head a lot. But I need to put it into practice more. I need to let go of things that don't matter and refocus on the ones that do...with a ferocious passion.

This 1 minute video is helping...The Years Are Short

While googling the quote to cite the author, I came upon this article:
Ten Ways to be a More Light-Hearted Parent by Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

Great stuff! Practical stuff. Stuff I need to remind myself about and put into practice. I will say though...and I know this is a little thing to most...but hey, it's how I feel, and these are my ramblings so let's put it out there...I know people use the word "commandments" all the time - to paraphrase their "top tips" or most important points, but call me old-fashioned, I really only like to hear the word "commandment", when talking about God's 10 Commandments. {end soap box}

Off to chase these sweet piggies...stepping over the goldfish and all.
And to my sweet boy Hudson,
You may be my little tornado but Mama is crazy about you, my little snuggle bug!


Karen said...

oh I so understand! Mom of a 22 month old who.. well you know. Ahh@! but then the cuddles and its aw!

Kelli said...

I loved that video and really needed to see it. My two older ones are out on spring break and it has been a rough start but like it said in the video this is their childhood this is their spring break.
When my older daughter started school that is when it really hit me that the day are long but the years go by so fast.

Virginia said...

I seem to remember a little 2 years old girl that grabbed the end of a new toilet tissue roll that was in the bathroom and walked with it from the bathroom, through the hall, through the living room and into the kitchen where I was cooking, leaving a "beautiful" trail of tissue.
(I wonder how and when that saying "What goes around comes around" started?)
ENJOY those moments and LAUGH!
Love, Mom/Noonie

Heather L. said...

I am SOOOOOO right there with you. For the first time, I've been getting frustrated with Carter. I feel so guilty for fussing at him, but he is SUPER feisty lately! It makes me crazy! He is also into everything, and wants his way all the time. Even though I have done this before, it doesn't make it any easier. Thank goodness he is so loving! He truly melts my heart with his sweet kisses and his "yuv you mamas". Hang in there, you are not alone!

TaDa! Creations said...

Great video! In our house it's Ms. Middle that's got us perplexed. Still trying to figure her out. I don't think I had a clue about how difficult parenting would be. Every day I wonder if I'm up to the task. I need to keep reminding myself...prayer, prayer and more prayer.

Spears said...

Shew, I think I'm glad I had my very active son first...I thought that was how all kids behaved yet still couldn't wait to add to the chaos when we welcomed our Grace. Imagine my surprise, lol ;)
Our kids teach us something new, and something different about ourselves everyday :)
In case I haven't said it lately, I love your blog!

Amy Hightower Murphy said...

I love that video. I'm still crying from watching it. Just reminds me you that this time is fleeting and we need to remember to enjoy it, even the rough days. I have rough days too Jessica. Woo hoo for entering the terrible two's! :)